In the 2022 Qatar World Cup, not a single team managed to win their 3 games in the group stage and earn 9 points. Thinking back, I can't recall any world cup which I remember that this happened.

Since the current format of 32 teams in 8 groups of 4, with a round robin between teams of each group was adopted, how many times not a single team won all their 3 group stage games?

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Unsurprisingly, the answer is "never"; in fact, all the 32 team World Cups have included at least two 3 game winners:

  • In 2018, Uruguary, Croatia and Belgium won 3 games.
  • In 2014, Netherlands, Colombia, Argentina and Belgium won 3 games.
  • In 2010, Argentina and Netherlands won 3 games.
  • In 2006, Germany, Portugal, Brazil and Spain won 3 games.
  • In 2002, Spain and Brazil won 3 games.
  • In 1998, France and Argentina won 3 games.

World Cups from 1994 and earlier featured fewer than 32 teams, although perhaps notably none of the 24 teams in the 1994 edition won 3 games.

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